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there and i would also add these voters some of them are voting because of religion and a half irish catholic family members who are economic populist but will never vote for a pro-choice democrat they never will. i wish that were not true but i don't think that we can minimize the extent to which that is a sincere belief of the economic interests and finally i said this and it's really amazing that these red state people are the welfare queens now frankly the most of federal dollars but i think they are people now who are taking food stamps and if they wish they were not and kind of blame obama were the government, and i think we have to accept that and think about how to talk about it differently rather than saying they're crazy and voting against their self-interest. estimate your listening to the commonwealth club review program. our guest is salam notte, editor and msnbc analyst joan walsh discussing her book what's the matter with white people why we long for iggulden age that never was. you brought up religion. religion does not enter in political discussion in europe even though they
and large ideas. i'm no theologian, though i've written about religion, but i find them stimulating. i--i like being stimulated by those very large ideas, about the meaning of life and whether there is god and what is god, if there is god, and what is the relation of organized religion to morality. all of those questions tantalize me. c-span: jumping from your alcove one and that group way beyond to just a few years ago, you write about, at the american enterprise institute, having lunches every day with robert bork and nino scalia and laurence silberman and then jude wanniski. what was that all about? >> guest: well, i was--i had taken a leave of absence from my teaching at nyu, a sabbatical, to learn economics. i felt at that point, economics was becoming important. up until that point, i assumed that lor--john maynard keynes had said everything there was to say about economics. but once we got stagnation and inflation at the same time, it was quite clear that someone had to revise economics. and although i knew i couldn't do it myself, i--at least i wanted to understand what was goi
that process. you are attacked by your opponent, character assassination, we talk about talking about religion or college she had not made any campaign vichy came down on our anniversary and said don't mess with my man. >> what is your enthusiasm level for the nine romney campaign? >> i have endorsed him. it does not mean i will sit passively and not be critical. not everybody agrees spread of agree everything with my father. i tried to be polite but after my endorsement i did mention i was concerned he would go to war with iran without congressional authority. the issue of war is important separates me a little bit from other republicans but we shall not go to war with one person's a sortie the constitution intense that is separated madison said the give the power in a legislator because executives are so prone to war room want to divide that power play and very concerned beginning a new war. going to the last decade i will do whatever possible to make sure there is a debate and the senate and congress if people want to do that again. >> host: did your endorsement cause any familial strife? [
that dna can be ascertained through nature and that one does not need established religion. he was very much an antiestablishment type of person, both in his politics and his religion. this is a very rare volume, i'm not sure how many there are,. >> supposedly there were 34. and what happened was he published it and it was in the warehouse. and the warehouse was struck by lightning and burned. and of course, everyone said, okay, that was because god was smiting him for this kind of thing. i'm not sure how many are in other libraries. it is a very rare book to get in this particular edition. >> this book we have conserved. it is in very good condition and we did not touch the marks of the previous owner. probably the name of the previous owner. he put it in a very modest binding. it would have been a very modest book when it was first published. >> is an iconic figure. we tend to think of ethan allen and the green mountain boys and their struggles really from new york, but were just talking about how we tend to forget there were a lot of other people working with us, but he has become th
leader say this but here it is. you already know all you need to know about religion. if you have been going to church or synagogue or mosque for when your tenure or 25 years or 50 years waiting to know enough about god so you could swing into action i am telling you you already know enough. and you know deep in your heart that you know enough. you know what to do. jesus reminds us with every story, every parable, everything, every commandments we are to bring good news to the poor and proclaim released to the captives and recovering sights to the blind and let the oppressed go free and proclaim the year of the lord's favor and feed the hungry and clothe the naked and visit the sick and those in prison. i wonder, don't you? i wonder how many people in our great country are drowning in loneliness, singh, doubt and despair who are oppressed or hungry or unemployed or do not have health care or access to quality education while we who know what to do don't respond. [applause] just like jesus's home town synagogue in nazareth everyone of us everyone of us of every
heretical they couldn't even imagine really the key not it is a common religion. the father of bashar al-assad had a muslim religious practice in order to become president of syria. they are quite far apart. but they share common ideology. syria has supported iran during the iran-iraq war because they hated iraq at that time. syria and iran share anti-americanism and the israeli attitude don't want a domination of architecture in terms of security of the region. so that's the shia crescent. the second is a growing sunni crescent but they still lack the pinch. this is saudi arabia's game. the crescent goes from libya for each of i'm too jourdan through the southern part of the western part of iraq and onto saudi arabia and down to the coast that i called the oil gold coast. we see selassie fighters, moving from libya and across saudi arabia, to iraq and into syria increasingly to join the victorian water. the opposition in syria is increasingly being joined by these extremist forces, which is one of the reasons it's so difficult for us to support them. saudi arabia and qatar are providing
but it's not all about religion. but it's about the complicated layers which makes up the region. the question about iraq, can it or will it regain? is already there. part of the problem in terms of what the government in baghdad is trying to do, it doesn't matter if it's malik your anybody else. he believes in a strong central government. certainly stronger than the constitution which is very weak. and was written by shia and kurds who said never again to a strong central government. but you have a government that functions that can protect the country inhabit as weak as it is and not be able to defend its borders and to project national power. so there are people, and the indy i surveyed that was a pulitzer but that was published in april or may says that maliki, love him or him from a certain more popular than he was six months ago. and his popular including among the sunnis and others who see him, not the election, they, they don't have to like them, it's not a popular to contest. i think the iraqis know that. but they don't know who else is there, and he has taken strong mov
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% and barack obama cling to guns and religion. what was the media coverage like on that? >> this morning i ran the 47% and i asked questions. one is how much depth they get and how many media outlets covered the story and then what was the shelflife? does at last a day, week or month? the guns was relatively short. we talked about it a lot and rummy of course the 47% we still haven't heard the end of that obviously that in about a month, the stories drop off but they get dragged back and either by opponents or they get dragged in by a fence. i'm sure that as we come out of the presidential debate someone will say well i wonder if you are going to respond to that and i wonder if obama is going to ask a question about that. the issue is in my mind which of these gaffes are ones that we have to pay attention to. do they represent a true character flaw? do they represent an incapacity to ask in a way we would like to have them ask or are they just normal things? we all make mistakes. the candidates have been hanging out there in the public and now with the internet and youtube and things like that
interference, without pressure, without political interference. that's their role in that religion. in iran, they see a challenge to the legitimacy of the oversight of that. it's a governance issue. it's not a sunni shia issue. and with iran's government, d.c. essentially death by 1000 razor cuts as iran has a coherent strategy for destabilization in the region, starting in baghdad, extends to damascus. hamas, muslim brotherhood and yemen, bahrain, the eastern province, wherever they can take an issue and turn it into a sectarian issue, that is the strategy that they see that iran is pursuing. so he ran as a very real threat to them. it's the existential threat in the region. >> thank you, mr. ambassador for enlightening us in this opening session of the second day of his 21st annual comp trends of u.s. policy issues. [applause] >> next we have a relative newcomer to the annual forums in the sands of the new league of arab states chief representative ambassador to the united states. i've known each one of them for the last almost half-century and each one of them brings to the cars in the t
whether they get to eat. religion is banned. there is no rule of law, and perceived political infractions are met with harsh punishment, punishment, i should add, that is often needed out to the three generations of a person's family , and political offenders knows that when he goes to present his parents and his children will probably go with him. there are probably about 200,000 north koreans today in the gulag, and more than a million, perhaps as high as 2 million have already died there. the reason we know all of this and much, much more is thanks to the testimonies of north koreans to have escaped. these are the people i write about in my book. this knowledge comes to us despite the best efforts of the family regime to keep it secret. for more than 50 years, ever since the end of the korean war, north korea has been sealed off from the world's eyes. the family regime has pursued an isolationist policy and it maintains an iron grip on information, access to which is very strictly controlled. to give just one example, every radio must be registered with the government, and its style mu
fundamentally has a lot to do with morality and religion and the fact that the four essays -- it's become more and more acceptable in our society to have children out of wedlock. and in particular in the african-american community. and it's too bad. >> and a social science does show anything, it is the correlation between to a parent families and achievement. >> absolutely. i was also politically incorrect to say for a long time. when daniel patrick moynihan pointed out the problem in the 1960s, he got such a firestorm of criticism that he stopped. as brave a man coming at nothing to do with this issue for the rest of his career. but now it is becoming i think increasingly recognized on both sides of the aisle, dennis rogers says, you name the social pathology, whether it's dropping out of school, getting into trouble with the law of, whatever. there is a strong correlation between it and growing up in a home without a father. >> this gentleman right here. were going to have to show this to a close in a couple minutes. this'll be our next-to-last question. i'm sorry. >> my name is john rosenbe
, has a lot to do with morality and religion and the fact that the -- the forces -- it's become more and more acceptable in our society to have children out of wedlock, and in particular, in the african-american community, and it's too bad. >> and the -- if social science does show anything, it is the correlation between two-parent families and achievement. >> absolutely, and, you know, that was also politically incorrect to say for a long time. i mean, that's the reason, you know, when daniel patrick pointed this out in the 1960s, he got such a fire storm of criticism, he stopped. brave a man as he was, he had nothing to do with this issue the rest of his career, but now it's becoming increasingly recognized on both sides of the aisle as roger says, you name a social pathology whether it's dropping out of school, getting into trouble with the law, you know, whatever, and there's a strong correlation between it and growing up in a home without a father. particularly, for boys. >> this gentleman right here. we're going to have to draw this to a close in a couple minutes. this is the n
really looking at it as a common religion. they are quite far along. syria and iran share americanism and the anti-israeli attitude. they share a common front. the shia crescent is there. and the growing [inaudible] the crescent goes from libya through egypt through georgia and the western part of iran and saudi arabia and the coast. moving across saudi arabia. increasingly the joint of sectarian war. the optimism in syria is increasingly being joined by these extremists. it is one of the reasons for supporting bad, saudi arabia is providing small arms. and we have to ask ourselves, what kind of extremism is coming out of that? >> we also have a situation of that which is maintained by russia. again, that group -- it goes back again. all relationships between russia and syria. they are both against the security council and it has to do with a great power in war over there. there is the issue of what issue is that that they are actually supporting? i have a syrian contact that i talked to a couple of days and he said syria? we think of ourselves as [inaudible] , but we do not know what
or is the william cannon distinguished humanities professor. the religion complete guide to religious studies. check out. [applause] >> thank you, allison, and let me add my thanks to doctor anthony and his staff for another wonderful conference. we have done so much work and come together so well. and i would like to thank my colleagues who are very enlightening. i don't want to have too much overlap, but what i will do today is focused on palestine as a regional conflict. in 1990, the eyes of the world turn to the middle east and saddam hussein launched his disastrous invasion of kuwait. in 1991, the u.s. launched the gulf war. seeing that occupation of another country was illegal and had to be stopped. that was a principal. when palestinians insisted that the same principle should apply to them, policymakers and pundits are geared that there was no linkage. the link between the two conflicts. saddam had invaded kuwait, and that was intolerable. the palestinian and raise israeli conflict had a different story. the legality of occupation could be considered a principal come only if it was applied
not. can we do it because people treat it as a religion rather than a common sense enterprise happy? yeah, we could do that. this is what the obama administration's energy policy is. it's wind and solar. more drilling? the only drilling that occurred is on private land, and they go through torture to get permits to expand. they pay big fees to the law firm. i shouldn't complain about that, but they go through torture to get their permits on private lands, and there's no expansion on public lands at all. there's a pipeline on the drawing boards from alaska all the way down to texas that have been stoppedded by the obama administration even though it was approved by the state department, hillary clinton, and here's the one that -- here's the one that kills me the most. you know the way china is burning our coal? sending it up to the environment? china has agreed with cuba that it's going to drill for oil 20 miles off the coast of cuba which, i think, is 70 miles off the coast of florida? we're not drilling for it? it's our oil. explain that to me. china is going to do it safer than we
with china. we didn't have diplomatic religion. no concrete exchange. mostly balancing the soviet union during the cold war and talking in strategic terms about global affairs. in the '90s we began to pick up concrete exchanges and i was fortunate in to be china and increase trade and sellings arms to china cooperating in afghanistan and along the soviet border. but then along came [inaudible] so in the '90s the relationship had to adjust to two new dramatic element. the glue that held us together in the '70s and '80s. it was gone. the cold war was over. in a healthy way, e with had to greatly expand our relationship with china. but at the same time because of [inaudible] the human right issue got more prominent, and it was much more difficult to deal with china in terms of domestic politic. the '90s was a matter of dick and myself trying to struggle to how we can get the relationship on a broader basis and increase the exchanges. by the time we get to 2000 china is becoming a major power in the world and our interactions become in chris' and your turn much more extension and healthy an
recounts his life in fractalist. in of africa, africa's culture, religion, history and identity. look for these titles in bookstores this coming we can watch for the authors in the near future on booktv and on booktv.org. >> could have wanted more but in the conference can only do so much so want diversity. you want democrats, republicans, different parts of the country. everyone at different ages. we knew on the basis of nine, you can't make generalizations that are 100% certain. we may say as much in the book because conclusions are hypothesis that other people might run with but in order to make those hypotheses we needed a fairly diverse group. >> we also have the white house project for the last couple election cycles and several of the women identified several years before the 2008 election, kathleen sibelius, both in there, and barbara lee has been here several years from now when you did the last round with her foundation and talked about looking at women governors. we wanted to look at women governors who had been through barbara lee's training through the pipeline. we also m
about religion. if you have been going to church or synagogue or mosque or one year or 10 years or 25 years or 50 years waiting to know enough about god so you can swing into action i'm telling you that you already know enough. and you know deep in your heart that you know enough. you know what to do. jesus reminds us with every story, every parable, every teaching come every commandment we are to bring good news to the poor. we are to bring relief to the captors and let the oppressed go free and proclaim the year of the lord's favor. we are to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and we are to visit the sick and those in prison. i wonder, don't you? i wonder how many people in our great country are drowning in loneliness, hurtheard, sin doubt and despair or are unemployed and do not have health care or quality education while we who know what to do don't respond. [applause] [applause] just like jesus hometown synagogue and nazareth, every one of us every one of us of every faith tradition stands judged by our
catholic in religion. certainly not all of them, and pro-union. these, steve, are the quintessential reagan democrats. and they would be in counties adjacent to pittsburgh like beaver and westmoreland and washington and greene and further to the east cambria and fayette. of late those counties have a propensity to vote republican particularly in big elections. they are culturally conservative, pro-gun, pro-life, not particularly fond of gay rights. then if you think of pennsylvania and draw, and draw a big t up the center of the state and fan out across the new york border, not quite getting to erie and not quite getting to the northeastern part of the state, just a big t, that's the conservative blue area of the state. it's basically white, it's protestant, it doesn't have a definable ethnic group particularly. once you get east of the susquehanna river with the exception of a few counties, the demography changes sharply. let's go down to the southeast, philadelphia heavily democratic. but the four suburban ring counties, bucks, montgomery, chester and delaware, are the swing counties. two
meaning. whether that meeting as defined in terms of religion or in terms in which life can take on significance. but to take on significance, life must be spent doing important things, things which you can take the dissatisfaction as you reach my age. my proposition and i will be interested in the audience wants to add another domain. it basically comes from the four domains, and those are location, family, community and faith. i will say that to the vocation will include avocations and causes in that definition. but basically they are all they are. there's other ways of having pleasure in life but those are the things that give us deep satisfaction. the reason they give us deep satisfaction is because if we are lucky we would spend our life doing something which we can legitimately say to ourselves and major difference and something which was important to do. finally a vacation that you love is important. a member of the community in which you are engaged in the lives of people around you and a good neighbor and more important than having backyard barbecues to read charge again
that i thought was guaranteed under the constitution, the practice of your religion, that now there has to be an amendment put forward to bring that about. if the law was never passed, the lawsuit wouldn't be in place, and religious freedom, today, would not be in question. >> moderator: continuing with rebuttals, mr. horning, 30 seconds. horning: there's a lot of misunderstanding, and there's no real winning the issue. unfortunately, it's one of those that, you know, it's an outcome of something terrible happening sometimes, and it's dealing with life situation nobody wants. we can't do justice to it. as a federal legislature, i can't do justice to it. i would fail in what i would try to achieve. >> moderator: thank you. mr. donnelly? donnelly: my faith guided me on the issue, and i know their faiths have guided my friends who are up here as well. we have a program in my town called the women's care center. what they do is provide a positiontive alternative. for women who are pregnant, there's an opportunity for a place to live, a place to be cared for, and for somebody to know there's
state. people aren't slaves of the kim family regime. they control even if they get to eat. religion, and no rule of law , percy political infractions are met with harsh 10-- punishment meted out three generations of political fender knows when he goes to present his parents and his children will pare -- probably go with him. there are 200,000 north koreans today in the gulag may be as high as 2 million have already died. the reason reno this and much more is the testimony of those who have escaped for the these are the people i write about in my book this comes despite the regime broke to keep it secret. north korea has been not from the world's eyes. the regime has pursued the isolationist policy and has an iron grip want access on which is strictly controlled. to give one example every radio must be registered and the dial must be fixed to the government-run radio station. security police equipped with scanners tried to identify households where residents have tinkered with the radio and tuning in to foreign broadcast. surveys of north koreans hiding in china show a high percentag
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